Refreshing DIY Ideas for Wicker Baskets

Refreshing DIY Ideas for Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets are plentiful at thrift stores and you may even have a few at home. And while they’re perfectly lovely in their natural state, sometimes it’s fun to give them a refresh. Here are some inspiring ideas to give your boring baskets a new look or purpose in life.

Refreshing Wicker Baskets

ideas for upcycling baskets

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Sure, some baskets are lovely as they are in their natural state. But some are a little…blah!…and could benefit from a makeover or upcycle. Here are some fun and fresh ideas to give your boring baskets a new lease on life.

Guest Room Welcome Basket

guest room welcome basket

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods for the Charlotte Region ReStores.

A plain basket just needs a colorful makeover (hello, spray paint!) to make it guest room ready. Fill it with books, snacks, personal sundries, and the Wi-Fi password and your guests will feel right at home.

Game Day Snack Holder

making a wicker basket look like a football stadium

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

If you squint hard enough, you might be able to see it: A large oval basket that has been painted like the home team’s football stadium! In this case, Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. Team colored paint, green felt, and white label paper are all you need to make this game day basket come to life.

Basket Wall Decor

Basket wall decor with Bohemian design

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Basket wall decor is all the rage these days. But for a punch of color, adding woven trivets to your flat baskets is a fast an easy way to really make them pop! And no paint or complicated crafting involved.

Boho Basket Pumpkin

boho pumpkin from a basket

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Depending on the shape, some wicker baskets are perfect for upcycling into pumpkins for fall decorating. This one was particularly well-suited for the task and was upcycled into a “gourd-geous” Boho pumpkin with the help of some all-natural craft supplies.

Christmas Tree Decor

Nesting baskets as Christmas decor with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

This set of nesting baskets started out gold, but a quick and festive makeover made them Christmas-ready and perfect for decorating! All that was needed was some mini-ornaments to hang on the woven “branches”.

Simple Dish Garden

dish garden in a basket

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Even though this version uses fake (ceramic!) cactus plants, a flat bottom basket is the perfect thing to turn into a dish garden– real or faux. Deeper baskets can also be used as a flowerpot covers, too- painted, embellished, or au natural.

Coastal Basket

decorating a basket with seashells

Photo credit: Petticoat Junktion.

This large basket started out plain, but now looks straight out of a gorgeous beach cottage. It’s amazing what some paint and seashells can do, isn’t it? Now it’s decorative and can be functional, too.

Decorative Beehive

turning a wicker basket into a beehive

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Just in time for your summer mantel decor, a small basket might be the perfect thing to transform into a mini beehive. This is another super simple craft project that anyone can do, with awfully cute results.

Wicker Baskets for the Porch

decorating your porch with wicker baskets

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

A large basket that is filled with fake (or real!) potted flowers is about as cheery as it gets, especially on your front porch. This one has been further embellished with ribbon and some stenciling, but it would just as darling plain.

Christmas Magazine Storage

vintage picnic basket as storage for christmas magazines

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

And, of course, you can always use baskets as decorative storage for any number of things. In this case an old picnic basket was given a festive makeover with paint and ribbon to hold a collection of Christmas magazines! Easy to tuck them away with all the decorations in the attic, eh?

Decoupage with Paper Napkins

how to decoupage with paper napkins on a basket

Photo source: My Repurposed Life.

Who would have guessed how popular it was to use paper napkins for craft projects? But using them to decoupage on baskets is a crafter’s dream. No need to have any special skills to add such an elegant design to your otherwise plain decor- including baskets.

Succulent Wreath

wall basket with fake succulents

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

A hanging basket filled with (fake) succulents makes quite the statement as a wild and lush wreath, doesn’t it? This version got a subtle makeover with DIY metallic glaze that just gives it an extra shot of glam.

Thanksgiving Decor with Wicker Baskets

DIY Thanksgiving decor from a bamboo serving tray

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Love ’em or hate ’em, but decorative signs aren’t going anywhere. And using a flat basket tray to create one is a fresh new way to make holiday decor, no matter the season.

Weaving with Ribbon

upcycling ideas for open weave baskets

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An open weave basket (i.e., one with gaps between the woven fibers) is an ideal candidate for this upcycling idea. Weaving colorful ribbon through the gaps and open spaces gives it a completely new look, painted or not.

Fabric Wrapped Handle

Fireplace hearth decor from a wicker log basket

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Not all carrying baskets have hand-friendly handles. But wrapping it with fabric (in this case, flannel) gives it not only a cozy new look, but feels better on the skin, as well.

How Will You Jazz Up Your Wicker Baskets?

baskets from the thrift store that have been repurposed

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Think you’ll be giving one of your baskets a makeover or repurpose now? A lot of them truly are blank canvases that are ideal for refreshing to fit your style, and I hope this collection has give you some crafty inspiration!

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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